Theme Of Insanity And Insanity In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote the story in the Yellow Wallpaper in the year 1892. It is a semi-autobiographical story that describes how the women were treated during the rest cure that was prescribed for nervous disorders by the famous physician doctor Silas Weir Mitchell. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s work was only a fiction to achieve the minds of the people. In the course of the novel he identifies several roles of women and how they should serve to affirm male chauvinism in the society. It also describes the childlike submissive and obedience of women to male authority which was highly considered as typical in the start of the 20th Century. The narrator is a woman who is unnamed recently had a kid who is suffering from a depression known…show more content…
She attempts to tear down the yellow wallpaper to pieces to rescue the woman. As the summer comes to the end, the narrator locks herself in the room as she destroys the remaining wallpaper off the wall. Her husband quickly gets the key and storms into the room only to faint when he gets the woman creeping around the confined room. The woman (narrator) continues to creep around the perimeter floor stepping over her man not even recognizing his situation. The story has been written in the first person English. However the theme of insanity and feminism will be discussed.
How insanity and feminism is manifested in The Yellow Wallpaper
Insanity is a spectrum of behaviors symbolized by a certain abnormal and mental behaviors. This can be manifested as violation of someone’s right to do something or in other words denial of freedom. On the other hand, feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds either politically, socially or economically equality to men. The theme on insanity and feminism is clearly revealed and in real sense defines the story as a critical feminist in the 19th century. However, feminism right is violated in this
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It pinpoints out how women were taken as during the 1900’s. The story also highlights the extremes of repression and sexism by viewing the woman as mad by a rest cure. In the view of the Narrators role as a woman, lack of intellectual stimulation in her thought and unjust environment usually led her insane. This points out failure in the society in which sexism and oppression was carried out towards women. An aspect of feminism portrayed by the Narrator in the story is how she tries to dismiss John’s opinions. She repeatedly requests him to relocate her to another room downstairs. This is an aspect of feminism which should be encouraged among women to demand for their freedom. The Narrator takes part in not conquering with John. But as time goes she is less able to feel the usual relief. John rejects the request and replies to her that she must spend in the nursery room which is barred and rings similar to those of dungeon on the walls. She is denied the right to choose what pleases her. Later she comes to like the nursery room where other times she locks herself up to avoid husband’s disturbance upon the story. Also the act of Narrator’s wallpaper routine is a sense of imprisonment. She recognizes that the pattern is so ugly like a cage imprisoning women who are desperately trying to escape. The Narrator figuratively tears the bars and the wallpaper of the cage to clear her way to escape.
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